Exercise 3 times a week cuts depression risk

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who are physically active three times a week may reduce their risk of depression, a new study suggests. UK researchers followed the progress of over 11,000 people born in 1958, until they reached the age of 50. Levels of physical activity and depressive symptoms were recorded at regular inte... Read more →

Obesity speeds up ageing of liver

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists have discovered that obesity greatly accelerates ageing of the liver, which could explain why obese people have a greater risk of developing many age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. According to Prof Steve Horvath of UCLA in the US, while it has long been suspected that obesity c... Read more →

New cardiac arrest CPR video launched

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Cardiac arrest kills around 5,000 people in Ireland every year, however a new initiative by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) is hoping to bring this figure down. The foundation has just launched a new hands-only CPR video. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a lifesaving skill that can keep a he... Read more →

IMO concern over HSE Ebola plans

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has expressed concern about the HSE's contingency plans in the event of a case of Ebola being detected here. The IMO met with the HSE on Wednesday to discuss the issue and outlined a number of concerns it has with the plans. It queried the wisdom of advising pat... Read more →

Docs should know signs of eating disorders

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions and all doctors in contact with children should be aware of the warning signs, experts have warned. Eating disorders refer to a number of illnesses that are characterised by disordered eating patterns and negative thou... Read more →

Most favour health spend rise over tax cut

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - -

Nearly two out of three people want the Government to prioritise additional investment in the health service ahead of granting tax cuts, according to our latest poll. Tax cuts are expected to be announced in the 2015 Budget later today, while the HSE is running up a deficit of around €500 mill... Read more →

Irish not washing hands for long enough

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

At least two in three Irish adults do not wash their hands long enough to kill germs that cause infections, a new survey has found. People have up to 10 million bacteria between their fingertips and elbows and the number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet. Millions of germ... Read more →

GP patients want appointment flexibility

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Eight in 10 GP patients would like to be able to attend their doctor outside of normal hours, while a similar number would like a surgery design that ensures privacy at the reception desk, a new study has found. A group of GPs in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon set out to explore what exactly patients w... Read more →

GPs, patients must face up to obesity

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

GPs have to get over their awkwardness when it comes to bringing up the topic of childhood obesity with patients and their families, a Dublin GP has said. However, according to Dr John Latham, while many GPs continue to feel uncomfortable about raising this topic during consultations, patients and ... Read more →

Women urged to be breast aware

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Women are being reminded of the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. According to the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), over 2,700 cases of the disease are newly diagnosed in this country every year and Irish women have a one in 10 chance of developing it during their lifetime. ... Read more →